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Danspace Project & Performa present Noé Soulier, "Idéographie"
Danspace Project & Performa
Danspace Project Presents
Presented in collaboration with Performa as part of Performa 13
November 7, 2013 [Thu] at 8PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, New York, NY, October 30, 2013 - Danspace Project, in collaboration with Performa as part of Performa 13, presents a one-night only solo performance of Idéographie by Noé Soulier. One of France's most promising young choreographers and dancers, Soulier was awarded first prize at the prestigious Danse Élargie competition in 2010. He received his Masters in Philosophy at La Sorbonne and has studied at the Paris Conservatoire, the National Ballet School of Canada, and at PARTS - Brussels. His hybrid lecture performances analyze the language of dance and canonical philosophical discourse (Saussure, Wittgenstein, Heidegger).
Idéographie presents the audience with both a physical and mental choreography in this "dance of ideas" which had its premiere in August 2011 at Tanz im August dance festival in Berlin. Soulier draws together seemingly disparate thoughts, arguments and lines of reasoning from various modes of understanding the world as movements. From cognitive science to his own memories of classical ballet technique classes, Soulier employs musical structures and patterns - such as choruses and verses - to engage the audience in a thought experiment structured around dramaturgical principles. Through the use of such these tools, Soulier and seeks to expose the mechanics of movements by revealing the combination of thoughts that produced them. The resulting polyphony of thoughts is an opportunity to revisit classical theoretical discourse through the live experience of a construction-in-progress.
Admission: $20 General Admission/$15 Danspace members and Performa Visionaries.
Tickets on sale at www.danspaceproject.org or call (866) 811-4111.
Location: Danspace Project is located inside of St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery at 131 East 10th Street (at 2nd Avenue), New York, NY 10003. Phone: (212) 674-8112.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Noé Soulier started his training as a dancer at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse followed by the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto. From 2007 to 2010 he studied at P.A.R.T.S., where he graduated from the research cycle. In parallel, Noé completed a Masters degree in Philosophy at the Sorbonne in 2011. In 2010 Soulier's remarkable performance Little Perceptions was laureate of the first prize of the Danse Élargie competition in June 2010, organized by Le Théâtre de la Ville in Paris with Le Musée de la Danse (Rennes, France). His work has been presented at the Spring Dance Festival in Utrecht, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Beursschouwburg in Brussels.
ABOUT DANSPACE PROJECT
Danspace Project presents new work in dance, supports a diverse range of choreographers in developing their work, encourages experimentation, and connects artists to audiences.
Now in its fourth decade, Danspace Project has supported a vital community of contemporary dance artists in an environment unlike any other in the United States. Located in the historic St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, Danspace shares its facility with the Church, The Poetry Project, and The Incubator Arts Project. Danspace Project's Commissioning Initiative has commissioned over 450 new works since its inception in 1994.
Danspace Project's Choreographic Center Without Walls (CW²) provides context for audiences and increased support for artists. Danspace Project's presentation programs (including Platforms, FOOD FOR THOUGHT, DraftWork), Commissioning Initiative, residencies, guest artist curators, and contextualizing activities and materials are core components of CW² that offer a responsive framework for artists' works. Since 2010, we have commissioned 86 emerging and established artists, produced seven Platforms, published seven print catalogues and five e-books, launched the Conversations Without Walls discussion series, and explored models for public discourse and residencies.
Founded in 2004 by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa is the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.
Its biennial is the only one dedicated to commissioning, presenting and exploring new visual art performance across disciplines. For three weeks, November 1 - 24, 2013, Performa and a consortium of innovative organizations will band together to transform New York City into an international platform for celebrating live art. More than 100 separate events presented at over 40 venues will showcase new work in an innovative program, breaking down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, fashion, architecture, graphic design, and the culinary arts.
More information at performa-arts.org.
Danspace Project's 2013-2014 Commissioning Initiative, a core component of The Choreographic Center Without Walls (CW²), receives generous support from the Jerome Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts, as well as the generous individuals that support the Creation Fund.
Danspace Project's 2013-2014 season, including the DraftWork and FOOD FOR THOUGHT series, are presented, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council as well as City Council Member Rosie Mendez.
Danspace Project programs are made possible in part through PUBLIC FUNDS from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts; the New York State DanceForce with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and Materials for the Arts (a joint program of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Sanitation). Danspace Project extends special thanks to New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane, State Assembly Member Deborah J. Glick, City Council Member Rosie Mendez, City Council Cultural Affairs Committee Chair Jimmy Van Bramer, Finance Chair Domenic Recchia, and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn for their advocacy and support.
Danspace Project gratefully acknowledges the PRIVATE SUPPORT of Anonymous donors; the Arnhold Foundation, Inc.; Arup; Asian Cultural Council; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Community Funds, Inc. - LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund; The Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts; Cultural Services of the French Embassy; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; Gotham Arts Exchange; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; the Jerome Foundation; King's Fountain; Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust; Netherlands Cultural Services; NYC Dance Response Fund; Open Society Foundations and the Fund for the City of New York; the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; The Jerome Robbins Foundation; the James E. Robison Foundation; The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.; The Shubert Foundation; Snøhetta; Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust; and the Patrons and Members of Danspace Project.
Danspace Project receives additional support from Chase Community Giving, Dance Films Association, French Institute Alliance Française, The Kitchen, Lutz & Carr; Mt. Tremper Arts, New York Live Arts; Pentacle; ; as well as from Bank of America; Doris Duke Foundation, ExxonMobil Foundation, Google Foundation, IBM, Moody's Foundation, and The Starr Foundation through matching gifts programs.
Lighting equipment provided courtesy of Dance Theater Workshop and The Joyce Theater; Danspace Project offers a very special thanks to Chloe Z. Brown, Linda Shelton, Nathan Hurlin, Valerie Simmons, and Geoff Freeman.
Danspace Project gratefully acknowledges Pangea, the official restaurant of Danspace Project, as well as Artpix, Canard Inc., The City Bakery, Dancing Camera, Dia Art Foundation, Digital Color Concepts, Dumpling Diva/Marja Samsom, East Village Wines, The Grey Dog, Microcinema International, Open Pantry, Orange Mountain Music, Ozone Design Inc., Pine Ridge Wines courtesy of The Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Poetry Project, Tom Cat Bakery, Katherine Moore at Union Square Wines & Spirits, Vassilaros Coffee, and Veselka,; generous providers of food, beverages, products, and services for Danspace Project events.
Danspace Project is a member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Dance/NYC, Dance/USA, and the New York State DanceForce.